Many people are drawn to electric cars due to the comfort and convenience they offer. Besides saving money on gas, electric cars are reliable and safe, receiving high ratings on crash tests. Undoubtedly, not all electric cars have the same safety rating, and it is important to conduct thorough research before purchasing any type of electric vehicle.
If you have been injured in an electric vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the car accident attorneys at TK Injury Lawyers today to find out how we can help you.
In the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), overseen by the United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), conducts safety tests for electric vehicles. The Vehicle Research and Test Center (VRTC) is the NHTSA’s in-house laboratory that performs safety studies. The center analyzes any defects in vehicles in order to comply with federal regulations.
The NHTSA assigns each vehicle an overall score using a five-star rating system based on frontal crash safety, side crash safety, and rollover protection.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an independent organization, performs its own vehicle safety testing. The IIHS evaluates two areas: crashworthiness and crash avoidance/mitigation. Crashworthiness assesses how well a vehicle will protect its occupants in the event of a crash, while crash avoidance/mitigation assesses to what degree a vehicle’s technology can lessen the severity of a crash.
The IIHS runs a series of tests to determine a vehicle’s safety in a variety of situations. To determine a vehicle’s crashworthiness, the IIHS runs frontal crash tests, side crash tests, roof strength tests, and head restraint and seat tests. Ratings range from poor to good, or basic to superior.
Electric vehicles offer several driver-assist technologies, such as blind spot warnings, lane centering assist, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with pedestrian assist.
Although technology enhancements make driving safer today, 40% of electrical vehicle (EV) users made lower body injury claims when involved in a collision.
But why would this be the case? One explanation could be the weight of an electric vehicle. An electric vehicle has a battery that is located in the bottom center of the vehicle. Since electric cars generally have a lower center of gravity, the impact of an EV crash can be more deadly to anyone in its path.
The experienced car accident attorneys at TK Injury Lawyers will be able to review your accident claim to evaluate to what degree an electric vehicle contributed to your injuries.
The electric vehicles that made the top of the NHTSA and IIHS lists are:
As a road user, you rely on your electric car to safely transport you to your destination. When an electric vehicle fails to live up to its safety score, you need a car accident attorney who can conduct a thorough investigation into your case. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.
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